If “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” remain unchecked on your movie bucket list, prepare to rectify that for a mere $4 this Sunday, in what’s shaping up to be a movie-lovers dream come true across the country.
It’s lights, camera, action again for the sequel to last year’s spectacularly successful National Cinema Day, scheduled for Sunday, August 27. Movie buffs can relish a flat ticket price of $4, regardless of the format or time slot. The silver screen allure has magnetized over 3,000 theaters, including the titans of the industry, AMC and Regal, ensuring that film aficionados from coast to coast can participate.
Credited to the Cinema Foundation, a brainchild of the National Association of Theater Owners, last year’s National Cinema Day on September 3 saw an avalanche of cine-goers snapping up tickets at $3 each. The event transformed a typical quiet weekend into a cinematic extravaganza, making it the year’s most bustling day for theaters.
Although the price has been nudged up by a dollar this year, the August box office has been nothing short of meteoric, thanks in large part to the cinematic phenomena “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer.” The former, Greta Gerwig’s magnum opus, has raked in an eye-popping $1.28 billion globally. Meanwhile, the latter, Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece, isn’t far behind with a worldwide gross of $717.8 million.
And if you thought last year’s offerings were a tad underwhelming, with “Top Gun: Maverick” as the primary attraction, this year’s line-up promises to be a celluloid carnival. Apart from “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer,” moviegoers can look forward to new titles like “Gran Turismo,” “Golda,” “Bottoms,” and “Retribution.” Plus, DC’s latest hit “Blue Beetle” is set to draw comic enthusiasts.
Furthermore, studios are seizing the opportunity to whet the appetite of fans by teasing the upcoming fall releases before each movie.
So, for those still contemplating, mark your calendar and be a part of this grand cinematic festivity. Because if history is any indicator, theaters will be brimming with excitement, and yes, the smell of buttery popcorn!